EuCAP 2020

The ACASIAS Project had organised a Scientific Workshop, to be held within the programme the European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EuCAP) in Copenhagen, on March 19th, 2020. The conference had to be cancelled due to COVID-19. We still want to share the results on ACASIAS related to antenna design. Therefore, we have decided to make the abstracts of the contributions available through the Project’s website.


Antennas which are structurally integrated into aircraft components will contribute to the sustainability of future aircraft because they cause less additional aerodynamic drag than protruding antennas. Furthermore, such antennas will reduce the overall weight by eliminating structural build-ups required for conventional antennas, and they reduce maintenance costs since they are less sensitive to breaking down due to collisions. Results are presented for the structural integration of VHF, GNSS and Ku-band communication antennas in fuselage panels and winglets. The results are obtained in the ACASIAS project (Advanced Concepts for Aero‑Structures with Integrated Antennas and Sensors) which receives funding from the EU H2020 program undergrant agreement No 723167.

Workshop programme 

All pdf of the presentations can be downloaded here below:

1. Keynote contribution: Structural Integration of Antennas into an Aircraft – Robert Sekora

2. Overview and main achievements of the ACASIAS project– Harmen Schippers (Project coordinator)

3. VHF communication antenna for integration into anaircraft winglet – Zdeněk Řezníček

4. VHF/GNSS antennas integrated into a classical Fibre Metal Laminate fuselage panel – Yuri Konter

5. Ku-band SatCom antenna for integration into a novel fuselage panel – Jaco Verpoorte

6. Innovative PCB-integrated cooling system for active arrays antennas – Marta Martínez-Vázquez


Robert Sekora

Airbus Defence & Space, Germany

Robert Sekora received his diploma in ElectricalandCommunication Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Munich. Heworks for the military aircraft business unit of the Airbus Defence and SpaceGmbH, with project management responsibilities for national and internationalR&T projects. He has been responsible for the development of technologiesfor structural integrated antennas for military aircraft applications fornearly 15 years. He has been successfully involved in the realisation ofseveral antenna demonstrators for laboratory or flight test demonstrations.

Harmen Schippers

Netherlands AerospaceCentre (NLR), The Netherlands

Harmen Schippers received his PhD degree in AppliedMathematics from the Technical University of Delft in 1982. He is with NLRsince 1981, being active as a senior scientist in the Aerospace Systemsdivision, with experience in modelling of aerodynamic, acoustic, structural andelectromagnetic applications in aerospace. On behalf of NLR he is coordinatorof the ACASIAS project.

Zdeněk Řezníček

Evektor, Czech Republic

Zdeněk Řezníček received his PhD degree in electricalengineering from the Brno University of Technology, Czech Republic,in 2014.Since 2008, he is working as an R&D Engineer in EMC & CEM division atEvektor spol. s r.o. in Kunovice, Czech Republic. His research interestsinclude numerical analyses of EMC related problems in both the automotive andthe aviation industries.

Yuri Konter

Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), The Netherlands

Yuri Konter received his MSc in Applied Physics at theTechnical University of Delft in 2015. He is with NLR since 2018 as researchengineer in the field of Antennas. His work includes simulation, design andanalysis of airborne integrated antennas and antenna arrays.

Jaco Verpoorte

Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR), The Netherlands

Jaco Verpoorte graduated from Eindhoven University ofTechnology in 1991 where he received a MSc. degree in Electrical Engineering.Since 1991 he is working at the Netherlands Aerospace Centre NLR in the fieldof Electromagnetic Compatibility, Antennas, Radar and Satellite Navigation. Asa senior R&D Engineer he is involved in measurement, analysis, design andproject management for projects related to Electromagnetic Technology.

Marta Martínez-Vázquez

IMST GmbH, Germany

Marta Martínez-Vázquez obtained her MSc. and PhD. degrees inTelecommunication Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia,Spain, in 1997 and 2003, respectively. She has been with IMST GmbH in Germanysince 2000. She works there as a senior engineer and project manager. Her workincludes the design and applications of antennas for mobile devices, planararrays, sensors, and radio-frequency systems.